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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions/thoughts on putting cat on urinary diet?

Hi there, long time member here who hasn't logged in for ages, because my cats are doing great (till now). I need some advises on my cat Meatball's situation.

About 2 weeks ago, my Meatball has a little blood in her urine (the litter turned a bit pink after she pee). I checked her opening and think I saw a small wound (I could be wrong though), so decided to wait for a few more days. The pink urine stopped the day after, so I thought it's just an one time incident. Yesterday morning, I noticed the pink urine came back. This time more red and I saw a blood drop on the floor near litter box. So I brought her to vet immediately. The vet did a body check on her (found nothing wrong), and took urine sample for testing.

Today got the call from vet with the test result. They didn't find bacteria in her urine, so not infection; they didn't find crystal in her urine either. Aside from the blood, they didn't find anything abnormal. Basically I think they don't know what's the cause either. The vet suggested to put Meatball on special urinary diet for the rest her life, which I'm not too sure about. So want to hear anyone else's thought?

My Meatball is eating canned food (Wellness, Merric, Halo, Performatrin Ultra) twice a day, and a small serving of raw food at end of night. I don't feel very comfortable to switch her on one type of food for her entire life, especially it's a special type of diet. But I'm not sure if I'm over thinking it... She is 6 year old, aside from the blood in urine, she is perfectly normal. Healthy appetite, playful, affectionate, pooping/peeing normally, no excessive grooming. Her urine turned from red yesterday to only a little pink today, so seems like it's about to going away on her own again... Vet thinks it could be just stress related, but there is no change in her environment.

I'm thinking maybe give her the urinary diet until the blood is all gone, then switch back to her normal food, until it's back again? Or should I bring her to another vet for a second opinion?

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Hi there! I think I remember Meatball...such a memorable name!

I'll admit to having virtually no experience with urinary issues (just one UTI), but I'm surprised that the vet would recommend a urinary diet despite the fact that there's no evidence of a UTI. ?? You're feeding her good quality food, more than likely better than the quality of a urinary diet. I think I'd bring Meatball to another vet for a second opinion. Maybe even a second urinalysis might have a different result? I do remember that once, I was told two different things about a urinalysis result: one person said there was sediment, then they said there wasn't. Apparently it looked at first like there was something in the urine but it turned out to be nothing, or nothing important anyway.

Maybe others have had experience with blood in the urine not caused by crystals and will be better able to give you advice.
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